Bomb

Bomb

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (2012)

The making of the atomic bomb is one of history’s most amazing examples of teamwork and genius and poise under pressure. But it’s also the story of how humans created a weapon capable of wiping our species off the planet. It’s a story with no end in sight.
And, like it or not, you’re in it.

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb. (Publisher’s website)

  1. I was surprised how much I liked this book. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but this book definitely read more like a spy novel. I liked learning more about the private lives of famous scientists involved in this contest. I had never heard about how the German heavy water plant was sabotaged. It was also interesting how different countries punished their spies.

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